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The co-writer of EA’s cancelled Star Wars: Project Ragtag has announced that he’s reunited with its director Amy Hennig to work on a new AAA adventure game.
Todd Stashwick revealed on Twitter that he had joined Hennig’s new studio Skydance New Media along with “a core team of industry” vets to work on a new title.
Stashwick’s tweet also included links to job listings for a senior animator engineer and a senior software engineer, both of which refer tot he new project as “a high quality, AAA single-player story-driven action-adventure game” built using the Unreal Engine.
Stashwick and Hennig had worked together on Project Ragtag for two years at EA’s Visceral Games studio before EA reportedly cancelled the project.
Hennig – who previously directed the first three Uncharted games and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – then announced in late 2019 that she was helming a new games studio formed by Hollywood production company Skydance.
Skydance hired Hennig to lead the new San Francisco-based company, alongside former Electronic Arts executive Julian Beak, who has 30 years of experience working on franchises such as Battlefield, Need for Speed and Star Wars.
Speaking to VentureBeat at the time, Hennig said the new company will target “gamers and non-gamers alike”, on both traditional and emerging streaming platforms with new “story-focused experiences”.
Electronic Arts’ stewardship of Star Wars has seen mixed results, and has included numerous game cancellations. After Project Ragtag was scrapped another Star Wars project, ‘Orca’, was then reportedly spun off of Ragtag, only for it to be cancelled in 2018.
It then reportedly cancelled a Battlefront spin-off codenamed ‘Viking’ in 2020.
EA’s exclusivity deal with Lucasfilm is set to end in 2023. Ubisoft announced earlier this year that it was working on a new open-world Star Wars adventure, and Lucasfilm confirmed it was opening the doors to other developers that want to pitch Star Wars games.